Philippe Pozzo di Borgo

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Philippe Pozzo di Borgo
Born (1951-02-14) 14 February 1951 (age 71)
Occupationowner of Pommery

Philippe Pozzo di Borgo (born 14 February 1951) is a Corsican French businessman who is the Director of Pommery and was the owner of an inherited historic hôtel particulier in Paris used as a function hall.


Philippe is the second son of the French duke Pozzo di Borgo and the Marquis de Vogue.[1] The noble family dates back to the 1500s.[2] After completing his education, he began working in the champagne industry. Prior to his job as director of Pommery, Philippe was a manager at Moët and Chandon.[1]

Philippe di Borgo became a diabetic quadriplegic in 1993 following a paragliding accident. Because of his disability, he attempted to commit suicide by wrapping an oxygen tube around his neck.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

The story of Philippe and his Algerian attendant, Abdel Sellou, was told in a 2003 documentary, A la vie, à la mort.[4] Their story was also adapted in the biographical movies The Intouchables (2011),[5] and the Indian, Argentine, and American re-makes, respectively, Oopiri (2016), (Spanish article) Inseparables (2016),[6] and The Upside (2017).[7] These movies were based on his memoir, "A Second Wind".[3]


  1. ^ a b Rowney, Jo-Anne (2019-01-08). "The Upside true story; a quadriplegic, ex-con and their life changing friendship". mirror. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  2. ^ Chiodaroli, David (2019-03-28). "The Upside: The Movie vs. The True Story". ScreenRant. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  3. ^ a b Whalen, Andrew (2019-01-10). "Here's the true story behind 'The Upside,' based on a French memoir". Newsweek. Retrieved 2019-06-05.
  4. ^ "A la vie, à la mort". Aspects of French Production. Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  5. ^ "The true story that inspired a box office hit". Archived from The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06.
  6. ^ Meunier, Emilie (September 6, 2017). "Remake américain d'Intouchables : Eric Toledano et Olivier Nakache ont vu les premières images... et ils ont été étonnés ! (VIDÉO)" [American remake of Intouchables: Eric Toledano and Olivier Nakache saw the first images... and they were amazed! (VIDEO)]. Télé (in French). Yahoo. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in The Upside". October 2018.